Honoring Ms. Suellen Jeffress – Deputy Director retires from Army Office of Small Business Programs
On 3 January 2013, Ms. Suellen Jeffress retired as Deputy Director of the Army Office of Small Business Programs after serving 34 years of honorable federal civil service. Over the last two years Ms. Jeffress served as Deputy Director of the Office making sure that all of the Director’s goals and assignments were carried out.
In her capacity as Deputy Director, Ms. Jeffress was responsible for assisting the Director in establishing Policies and Procedures, and performing oversight necessary to implement statutory requirements related to the small business program. Her responsibilities also included serving as the Army member of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Small Business Committees.
During her illustrious career, Ms. Jeffress served in various positions in the U.S. Army Contracting Agency, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (OASA(ALT)), as Associate Director for Small Business, Director of Liaison, and Acting Deputy Director.
Highlights of her career as a member of the OASA (ALT) procurement staff include: Director of Systems Support responsible for procurement oversight of Army major and non-major weapons and automated data processing systems; Policy and Procedures Directorate; Team Leader of the contracting and Acquisition career field proponency mission; and Procurement Management Review (PMR) Team Leader.
Ms. Jeffress is a recipient of the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, and Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. She will be truly missed because of her calm demeanor, “do it now” work ethic, and impeccable integrity and loyalty.
In conclusion, on 8 January 2013, a retirement celebration was held where she was honored by family, friends, and the small business community.